Duke University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006; Editor-in-Chief, Duke Law Journal, 2005-06
Pomona College, B.A., 1997
Adam Doerr counsels and advocates for individuals and companies involved in significant business disputes and high-stakes litigation. His experience includes class actions, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, appeals in state and federal courts, corporate merger litigation and other complex commercial cases. Adam frequently handles cases raising fraud, misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practice issues, including the complex, multifaceted litigation that arises following the collapse of pyramid and Ponzi schemes. He litigates in the North Carolina Business Court and other state courts, and he represents parties in federal courts in North Carolina and around the country.
Adam co-chairs the firm's Class Actions and Appellate practice groups, and he serves as a member of the Appellate Rules Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Honors & Awards
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Stanley Marcus, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2006-07
Represents a national bank in multiple putative class actions (MDL centralization in Boston) regarding what is alleged to be one of the largest Ponzi/pyramid schemes in U.S. history.
Represented investors in settlement of derivative claims regarding over $300 million in real estate investments formed by U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger; obtained approval of settlement by 51 real estate LLCs with over 1,400 individual members, including creation of new corporate entity to hold carried interest and negotiation of agreements with new manager.
Represents a Fortune 500 retailer in a putative national class action brought by tens of thousands of individual store managers, including an interlocutory appeal in the 4th Circuit and a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Regularly defends board members, corporations and private equity firms against shareholder lawsuits challenging public company mergers, including litigation over eight different public company transactions in recent years.
Represents public companies and investors in internal corporate disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty claims and books and records demands under both Delaware and North Carolina law.
Represented former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. and former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley B. Mitchell Jr. as friends of the court in litigation that successfully concluded when the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down legislative changes to North Carolina’s state elections board in Cooper v. Berger.
Defended a major securities ratings agency in litigation that resolved unfair trade practices claim brought by the North Carolina Attorney General arising out of the financial crisis.
Represented Wachovia Corporation and its directors in successfully defending a suit challenging Wachovia's $15 billion merger with Wells Fargo. Ehrenhaus v. Baker, 2008 NCBC 20 (2008) (refusing to enjoin the merger), on appeal after settlement, 717 S.E.2d 9 (N.C. Ct. App. 2011) (upholding non opt-out settlement), 776 S.E.2d 699 (N.C. Ct. App. 2015) (rejecting further challenge to settlement).
Filed multiple briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, including an amicus brief for the Cato Institute supporting the victim of a police shooting, a petition for certiorari in a major class action, and an opposition to certiorari in a case raising First Amendment issues.
Litigated complex fraud and other claims in multiple forums following collapse of massive Ponzi and accounting fraud scheme.
Obtained dismissal, without discovery, of four separate cases filed in three different courts by shareholders regarding the decline in Wachovia’s share price; successfully defended results on appeal. Rivers v. Wachovia, 665 F.3d 610 (4th Cir. 2011); Browne v. Thompson, 727 S.E.2d 637 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012); Rice-Marko v. Wachovia, 728 S.E.2d 301 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012); Harris v. Wachovia, 2011 NCBC 3 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011).
Defended Duke Energy Corporation in multijurisdictional litigation regarding its $32 billion merger with Progress Energy Corporation. In re Progress Energy Shareholder Litigation, 2011 NCBC 44 (2011).
Represented a nonprofit organization in appellate litigation over a challenge to the organization's tax-exempt status and historic preservation mission. Lynnwood Foundation v. N.C. Dep't of Revenue, 660 S.E.2d 611 (N.C. Ct. App. 2008).
News & Events
- Aug. 31, 2018
- Aug. 23, 2018
- June 20, 2018
- May 21, 2018
- Jan. 30, 2018
- July 28, 2017
- Nov. 9, 2016
- Sept. 15, 2016
- Aug. 8, 2016
- May 4, 2016
- March 28, 2016
- Oct. 21, 2015
- Oct. 15, 2015
- Sept. 21, 2015
- Jan. 5, 2015
- More Ranked Attorneys Than Any Other North Carolina Firm for Fifth Consecutive YearOct. 29, 2014
- May 1, 2014
- More Ranked Attorneys Than Any Other North Carolina Firm For Fourth Consecutive YearOct. 29, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- John R. Wester quoted in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly on "Federal judge decertifies $100 million class-action suit against trucking company"Aug. 10, 2012
- Thomas P. Holderness and Adam K. Doerr write for Charlotte Business Journal, "Court ruling clouds key issues in NC fraud disputes"Feb. 17, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Included Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in the Top 10Jan. 21, 2011
- July 24, 2009
- Oct. 19, 2007
- Aug. 31, 2017Class Actions Brief Blog
- April 28, 2017Class Actions Brief Blog
- Pending Bill Would Permit Interlocutory Appeals of Class Certification Decisions Directly to NC Supreme CourtApril 24, 2017Class Actions Brief Blog
- Feb. 17, 2017Class Actions Brief Blog
- Jan. 3, 2017Class Actions Brief Blog
- Dec. 28, 2016Class Actions Brief Blog
- July 28, 2016Class Actions Brief Blog
- April 13, 2016Class Actions Brief Blog
- March 24, 2016Class Actions Brief Blog
- October 2015Business North Carolina
- Sept. 4, 2015Class Actions Brief Blog
- Aug. 5, 2015Class Actions Brief Blog
- Nov. 26, 2013Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Feb. 17, 2012Charlotte Business Journal
- North Carolina Bar Association Appellate Rules Committee Member, 2015-present
- North Carolina Bar Association Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section, Council Member, 2016-18
- Mecklenburg County Bar, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2016-present; Vice Chair, 2018-19
- Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship, Co-Chair
- Sustain Charlotte, Board of Directors, 2014-present
- Leadership Charlotte, Class 39